Election policy comparison - transport: What the major political parties will do for you

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Interested in what the New Zealand political parties have in store for transport?  

Here are the main policies on how the parties would address transport issues in New Zealand:

Here are just a few policies the parties have on how they would address transport issues in New Zealand.
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Labour:

The Labour leader speaks at South Auckland's Rongomai School.

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  • Build light rail from Auckland CBD to the airport and create rail from Auckland to Hamilton to Tauranga
  • Allow Auckland Council to implement a regional fuel tax
  • Give an extra $100 million to public transport in Christchurch
New Zealand First:
NZFirst supporters bussed into Palmerston North to be told everything is not well in the regions.

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  • Introduce road pricing for motorways and major arterial routes, while phasing out fuel taxes
  • Introduce rules to ensure international visitors can competently drive on New Zealand roads
  • Expand shipping and prioritise public transport
Green:
Greens co-leader James Shaw says the party is looking forward to working with Mr Little's replacement.

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  • Free bus and train rides for under 19s and free off-peak bus and train rides for tertiary students, apprentices and people with a disability
  • Create light rail in Wellington
  • Create rail from Auckland to Hamilton and Tauranga, and create regional rail between Manawatu and Hawke's Bay
ACT:
The ACT Party leader says some people should have their rent, food and power bills paid straight to the likes of landlords and food providers.

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  • Encourage private investment in road construction
  • Reduce or abandon petrol tax 
  • Introduce road pricing, congestion and peak time charges
TOP: 
The Labour leader has brushed the barb from the TOP leader off.

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  • Allow congestion charges to be implemented by local authorities to reduce traffic jams
  • Put rail infrastructure into the NZTA budget
  • Require Kiwirail to make a profit
Maori Party: 

Marama Fox and Te Ururoa Flavell at the campaign launch.

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  • Free public transport for students
  • Create IwiRail to connect Gisborne to the East Coast Main Trunkline in Kawerau, and bring back the Napier-Gisborne rail link. 
  • Community groups allowed subsidies for electric vehicles
National:

The National Party Leader said he always planned to make the promise to lift 100,000 kids out of poverty.

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  • Increase South Auckland's heavy rail, and improve Wellington's rail network
  • Build 10 new roads of national significance and pay for Auckland's $1 billion Mill Road Corridor project
  • Commit up to $267 million for Auckland and Wellington commuter rail

For more information (in alphabetical order), go to: 

www.act.org.nz/category/policy

www.greens.org.nz/policy

www.labour.org.nz/announced_policies

www.maoriparty.org/policies

www.national.org.nz/policies

www.nzfirst.org.nz/policies

www.top.org.nz/policy

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